Workplace fatalities highest among Latinos
In relation to the income differences between union and non-union members, there's also the seldom discussed reality of workplace injuries and deaths, which are the highest among Latinos. According to a 2013 study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall fatality rate for Latino workers is higher than all other workers in the U.S. It's even higher for foreign-born than it is for native-born Latinos, a fact that the report attributes to a higher vulnerability and a lack of access to workers' rights, among other factors. Workplace injuries and fatalities have dropped exponentially in the last two decades across the board. But while the workplace fatality rate hit an all-time low (3.2 per 100,000) for non-Latino workers in 2013, Latino workers still showed a higher degree of vulnerability on the job site.